Tahoe Resource Conservation District

Stormwater Pollution Action Steps for Visitors

  • Help keep the Lake Tahoe watershed clean
  • We all love to enjoy the beauty of nature in Lake Tahoe, and to make sure it is valued for years to come it takes all of us working together to protect it.

     

     

    ~Please make sure to place all trash in an appropriate receptacle. This includes: bottles, wrappers, cigarette butts, and broken recreation toys. 

    ~Litter is carried into the Lake and storm drains, contributing to Lake Tahoe’s clarity decline.

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  • Rideshare and Drive Less
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    For more information check out these links from the Tahoe Transportation District. 

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    Public transportation and carpooling are great ways to enjoy the beauty of Lake Tahoe while also protecting its pristine blue waters.

     

    ~Fine sediment particles coming off roadways have been identified as a major contributor to the decline in Lake clarity.

    ~If you’ve walked along Tahoe’s beaches you may have noticed murky water at the shoreline. The reason for this is fine sediment particles, due to their microscopic size the time these sediment particles take to settle is so long that they seem to be forever suspended in the water.

  • Properly Dispose of Chemicals
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    Click on the link below for a hazardous chemical list and places for disposal in El Dorado County.

    Hazardous chemicals can make their way to stormdrains that lead to Lake Tahoe with little to no filtration.

     

    ~Antifreeze, paint, oil, pesticides, and fertilizers can pollute our drinking water if they end up in storm drains that lead to the Lake with little to no filtration.

    ~If you are having problems with your vehicle while on vacation please visit an automotive mechanic to make sure all chemicals are properly disposed of

    ~South Tahoe Refuse at 2140 Ruth Ave has free hazardous waste disposal on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9am-12pm & 1-4pm

     

  • Clean Up Pet Waste
  • Make sure to grab a doggie bag whenever you take your pet for a walk, outing, or going to the park.

     

    ~Pet waste can effect Lake clarity by adding nutrients which is essential for invasive weed growth.

    ~A study conducted by University Nevada-Reno Cooperative Extension found that E. coli died off rapidly as the fecal material dried in the sun and the heat but given water, such as snow or rain, the parasites within could survive and enter the water source heading to the lake.

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  • Wash Vehicles at A Carwash
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    Car wash’s are equipped with filtration units that ensure dirty water, soap, and pollutants do not reach storm drains that lead to Lake Tahoe.

     

    ~Let the carwash do the work for you and leave with a clean conscious and car.

    ~Fine sediment particles coming from our urban/built environment have been identified as the largest contributor in the decline of lake clarity.